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Earth Day 2016 — Trees for the Earth

Posted in Nature by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on April 22, 2016

Earthday earthdaytreeHappy Earth day, let’s get planting.

Over the next five years, as Earth Day moves closer to its 50th anniversary, we’re calling on you to help us achieve one of our most ambitious goals yet —we’re planting 7.8 billion trees and we’re starting now.

Trees will be the first of five major goals we are undertaking in honor of the five-year countdown to our 50th anniversary. On their own and together, these initiatives will make a significant and measurable impact on the Earth and will serve as the foundation of a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet for all.

Why Trees?

Trees help combat climate change.
They absorb excess and harmful CO2 from our atmosphere. In fact, in a single year, an acre of mature trees absorbs the same amount of CO2 produced by driving the average car 26,000 miles.

Trees help us breathe clean air.
Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

Trees help communities.
Trees help communities achieve long-term economic and environmental sustainability and provide food, energy and income.

Source: earthday.org

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Happy World Oceans Day!

Posted in Nature by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on June 8, 2014

Oceansday1“Together we have the power to protect the ocean”

Since 2008, June 8th has been recognized around the world as a day to take some time out to celebrate and honor the 71 percent of the earth that is covered in ocean.

You can learn more about how to join in projects around the globe here.

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World Oceans Day

Posted in Nature by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on June 8, 2011

“World Oceans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the importance of oceans to humankind’s sustainable development. It is also a time to recognize the many severe challenges related to oceans. ”

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message on World Oceans Day
8 June 2011

Maldives withdraws from New Seven Wonders of Nature

Posted in Nature, Travel by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on May 17, 2011

Maldives Cabinet has today decided to withdraw the Maldives’ nomination to the New Seven Wonders of Nature, citing the lack of a proper awarding criteria and the requirement to make a payment to proceed with the competition.

The President’s Office said the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture presented a paper on the matter to the Cabinet meeting held on April 24, where members of the Cabinet formed a sub-committee to look into the matter.

The Office stressed that the Cabinet, in today’s meeting, decided to withdraw from the New Seven Wonders of Nature after deliberating on the proposals made by the sub-committee.

The paper presented by the Tourism Ministry said that the organisers of the competition have been demanding the Maldives Marketing and Public Relations Corporation (MMPRC) to pay a large sum of money and another payment for a sponsorship package.

The Tourism Ministry noted that the competition, considered business wise, is conducted without a proper awarding criteria.

The decision was also based on the recommendations made in the discussions held with stakeholders of the Maldives tourism industry and other industries, the President’s Office added.

Source: Haveeru Online

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on March 27, 2011

Posted in BW, Nature by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on March 10, 2011

Maldives: A Bold and Historic Step for Change

Posted in Nature, Photography, Travel by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on February 4, 2011

“Think of Maldives and what springs to your mind? A paradise comprised of idyllic islands? A place that turns postcards into tickets to the heavens? A destination that is an exotic blend of sun, sand, and sea spiced up by its colorful culture? If this is the case, you’d better think twice…

This time last year I published a photo essay about Maldives. This nation of around 400,000 souls was in the news as it embraced change by dethroning Asia’s longest serving ruler Mamoon Abdul Gayoom in favor of Mohammed Nasheed, a 42-year-old former journalist and democracy activist. While Americans are busy arguing if Obama has brought any substantial change to the nation, the subjects of this tiny Indian Ocean republic are content that their leader has taken the boldest ever step in human history to highlight their problems and demand global action.

A couple of days ago, the awareness campaign for climate change got a new boost when the government of the Indian Ocean republic of The Maldives held an underwater cabinet session that lasted for around 30 minutes. My photojournalist friend from Maldives Mohammed Abdulla Shafeeg has dispatched this fascinating photo essay.”

by Moign Khawaja

<view full photo essay>

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Posted in Nature, Travel by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on November 15, 2010

VULNERABLE: The face of climate change in the Maldives

Posted in Nature, Photography by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on November 18, 2009

VULNERABLE is a photo exhibition which showcases the face of climate change in the Maldives, organised by Bluepeace, the first environmental organisation formed in the Maldives. The exhibition was launched in 2009 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Bluepeace, and to join the global environmental movement bringing attention to the threats of climate change in the run up to United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP15). The exhibition documents the vulnerability of the fragile coral islands of the Maldives to climate change, through pictures from talented Maldivian photographers. It depicts a nation under threat, as it tries to safeguard an age-old culture and lifestyle that could be erased with rising seas and climate change.

[Online photo exhibition]

Posted in Nature, Photography by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on September 18, 2009